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How to Handle Winter Driving in Snow and Ice
Tis the season for holiday cheer, winter driving safety tips, and for not so cheerful winter weather-related accidents… It’s important to know how to handle the roads like a pro. Here are a few winter driving tips for handling snow and ice with a bit more ease.
- If possible, postpone your travel until the roads have been plowed, treated, and cleared. You don’t want to slide off the road, and snow plows don’t want to navigate around disabled vehicles.
- If you decide to brave the roads, make sure you know what to do in case you become stranded.
- Make sure you have your winter car emergency kit on hand.
- Slow down and adjust your speed to the conditions.
- Give snowplows plenty of room, and don’t pass them.
- Always make sure to wear your seat belt.
- Remember that driving is most dangerous when temperatures are near 32 degrees.
- Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions. Make sure to give them plenty of space.
- Keep mirrors, windows, and lights clean; keep your lights on.
- Don’t pass other vehicles on or near bridges.
- Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
- If you don’t feel comfortable driving, pull off of the highway and park at the first safe place.
(List provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation)